Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Re-purposed Denim Bag

This year I've decided to make a few handmade gifts instead of store bought for Christmas.  I've learnt quite a few techniques this past year and decided that this year I will finish off with a bit of creative fun.  This little re-purposed denim bag screams FUN!  Perfect for a fun little lady :-)


I made this little bag from old denim I had stacked away for exactly this purpose, I just never got around to making something with it.  So yesterday morning I started playing around with some strips of fabric, lace, buttons and ric-rac.  

I liked making this bag, having the freedom to go with whatever felt right felt strange but was great fun.  I am used to following along a pattern or at least having a set plan of what I wanted, so this was a strange experience mixing and playing with different elements.  The last finishing touch I added was the butterfly  I appliqued with a satin stitch.  I think it really blends in well with the rest of the bag.


Initially when I started out with the bag panels I wanted to finish it off a drawstring , but when I had the bag assembled ready to sew in the lining I changed my mind.  It being denim I thought it would be too heavy pulling the bag open and closed, so I decided to rather insert a magnetic clip.



 I had the button wholes already sewn in, so I just added a little knot to finish it off.  The finished dimensions are 14½ inches wide, 10½ inches high and the boxed width is 6 inches wide.


I am certain the recipient of this bag will love it...  :-)



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14 comments:

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Cute!! Love all the embellishments!

Lia*s Handmades said...

It's beautiful! Well done :) The butterfly and flowers are gorgeous!

Betty Lou said...

Darling bag, love the shape.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Adorable bag! It is so wonderfully playful!

Sara said...

LOVE this and the tie on the front is sweet!!

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

How cute! I love the handles and all the embellishments. What a great gift.

SIMPLESEW said...

You hit adorable again......

Schulz Family said...

very cool. I love it

made by ChrissieD said...

Very cute, love all the embellishments and details :D

Live a Colorful Life said...

Such a very cute bag. The recipient will definitely love it!

Debbie Kelly said...

very nice and denim wears very well. cute little touches you have added.I really like what you have done ....Thanks for sharing
Debbie http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

What a fun bag with all the sweet embellishments!

Sewing Mom said...

Very cute.

Julie-Katie H said...

I'm sure the recipient will indeed love it! The buttons are especially cute :)

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